Saturday, January 12, 2008

California wants to control home thermostats - International Herald Tribune: "Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages."

I guess conversations about your home being your castle are pretty much outmoded in the Golden State. The Greater Good is what counts, and government knows best, even when it comes to setting your thermostat.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Obama, Bloomberg, and the press get stinking drunk on bipartisanship. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine: "When we devote ourselves to working together in the name of national unity rather than obsessing on our differences, injustice loves to strike. Writing slavery into the Constitution was perhaps the greatest triumph of nonpartisan compromise in U.S. history. The denial of suffrage to non-property owners and women ranks up there, as do prohibition, the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, and the so-called war on drugs, declared by President Richard Nixon in the early 1970s and waged bipartisanly by every president—Republican and Democrat—since."

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lakota Oyate: Free and Independent Lakota Nation
The Lakota Sioux have seceded, and they don't even have their HOA set up yet. But they do have a nice map.